Patient-Specific Modelling in Orthopedics: From Image to Surgery

  • G. T. Gomes
  • S. Van Cauter
  • M. De Beule
  • L. Vigneron
  • C. Pattyn
  • E. A. Audenaert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics book series (LNCVB, volume 4)


In orthopedic surgery, to decide upon intervention and how it can be optimized, surgeons usually rely on subjective analysis of medical images of the patient, obtained from computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound or other techniques. Recent advancements in computational performance, image analysis and in silico modeling techniques have started to revolutionize clinical practice through the development of quantitative tools, including patient specific models aiming at improving clinical diagnosis and surgical treatment. Anatomical and surgical landmarks as well as features extraction can be automated allowing for the creation of general or patient specific models based on statistical shape models. Preoperative virtual planning and rapid prototyping tools allow the implementation of customized surgical solutions in real clinical environments. In the present chapter we discuss the applications of some of these techniques in orthopedics and present new computer-aided tools that can take us from image analysis to customized surgical treatment.


Musculoskeletal modelling Patient-specific models Surgical planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. Gomes
    • 1
  • S. Van Cauter
    • 2
  • M. De Beule
    • 2
  • L. Vigneron
    • 3
  • C. Pattyn
    • 1
  • E. A. Audenaert
    • 1
  1. 1.Ghent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.IBiTech–bioMMedaGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Orthopedic DepartmentMaterialise NVLeuvenBelgium

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